The massive construction project at EPCOT that began just as the world was hit by COVID is coming to a conclusion and we get our first glimpses of Journey of Water as testing begins.
Journey of Water, inspired by the movie Moana, will be a featured part of the central hub that connects the three branches of EPCOT at Disney World. It will feature an interactive water presentation in addition to lush vegetation that will change the way we have viewed the central hub.
Construction at EPCOT has been a big problem for guests since it began and the central hub was walled off creating a massive wall around the construction site. Now, it is inching closer to completions and the walls coming down will happen in the near future.
Journey of Water is expected to open sometime in the fall of 2023. It isn't known if all of the walls will come down or if they will just be relocated until the rest of construciton is completed but given the fact so much work remains to be done in that central area, it would seem that only Journey of Water will be opened.
WDWMagic.com posted images of six large lighting structures that will be featured in that central area that remains behind a wall. These will be pulsating lights that will coincide with music and also contain speakers. Open the link and check out the pictures.
As for the CommuniCore Plaza, it will be vastly different from the bland walk area that it used to be. Located just beyond SpaceShip Earth upon entry, the plaza serves as the connection hub between the four areas of EPCOT which will all get renamed.
World Showcase will remain the only area to retain it's name. It will continue to be the country pavilions. World Nature will replace "The Land" where you can ride SOARIN, Living with the Land, and the Nemo ride. On the other side of the park, World Discovery is home to Test Track, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, and Mission Space. The central hub will now be called World Celebration.